But the petition is called "The Citizens' Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources" and proposed by attorney Cory Briggs of San Diegans for Open Government.
It would increase hotel room taxes in San Diego from 10.5 percent up to to 15.5 percent, while removing the Tourism Marketing District, which already makes an additional 2 percent charge.
It would also prohibit the expansion of the Convention Center along the waterfront and stop public funds being used for a downtown stadium.
How this would save Comic Con for San Diego is still unclear.
In response, Comic-Con's David Glanzer has stated "We've received emails and phone calls regarding this issue asking if it was true that signing the form would keep Comic-Con in San Diego. We had no knowledge of this effort and as you might imagine, this came as a total surprise to us."
Comic-Con International, the body that puts on San Diego Comic Con says they are not a party to the initiative and its passing will have no effect on the organization's decision to remain in San Diego. Indeed Comic-Con has pushed for a contiguous, expanded convention center to benefit the city – and the show. And this initiative would act against that possibility.
"We were born in San Diego and our hope is to remain here for a long time," continued Glanzer. "However there are always challenges to face. Hotel room rates and meeting space are just some of them. Rarely is one issue the determining factor in our plans for the future."